"Condition Confessions" is a series by Women's Health, where we'll be asking women how they told their friends, significant others, family members, and colleagues about their health conditions. I was 12 when I started seeing blood in my bowel movements and having stomach pain that would knock me to the ground. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below I was embarrassed to tell my parents, so I didn’t say anything about my symptoms for almost an entire year. When I couldn’t take it anymore, I finally told my mom, who took me to see my pediatrician. There, I learned I had inflammatory bowel disease and later, I learned it was Crohn’s disease, a type of IBD.Since then, I’ve had a range of symptoms and complications: I’ve been severely underweight, experienced stomach pain that can only be described as feeling like my insides were shredding up, and had accidents, to name a few. I’ve never let my disease define me, but I’d be lying if I said it … [Read more...] about ‘How I Told My Boyfriend I Have Crohn’s Disease’
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Style Supported by Social Q’s ByPhilip Galanes April 12, 2018 Fifteen years ago, after my parents’ deaths and a bad real estate deal, I fell out with my two siblings. None of us have spoken since. One lives across town, the other across country. Five years ago, I crafted a letter calling for reconciliation without blame. No response — which hurt. Since then, when people ask if I have siblings, I say no. I used to feel guilty, but now it’s freeing. Some people know I have siblings. I’d hate for them to think I’m a liar, but it feels true to me. And I want to avoid explanations. Thoughts? ANONYMOUS The lie I tell most often — generally on airplanes, where I do my best lying — is that my mother is still alive: I’m on my way to visit her, or just coming back. She’s been dead for three … [Read more...] about R.I.P. My Whole Family
When I reconnected with Jordan, an old childhood friend, I was excited. He was a nice guy with a good heart, and over our phone conversations, he always kept me laughing. There was something there, but before I could let the butterflies take over, I knew I would have to tell him that I was HIV-positive.I worried what he’d think of me, and I also worried that because of my status, he wouldn’t think it was worth it to pursue a relationship with me. Though I feared the conversation would be the end of whatever we had together, I knew I had to tell him my HIV story before it went any further. It was the right thing to do, but it wasn’t easy.I was only 22 when I felt my lymph nodes start swelling. It was painful, and one of them was so big, I could see it protruding from my neck. I went to a primary care doctor, who gave me antibiotics that helped the swelling some. Three weeks later, I saw a specialist who discovered I had human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV. If left … [Read more...] about ‘How I Told My Partner That I’m HIV-Positive’
Gerda Samuels knew she needed to stay active, but she never expected that she'd be crossing the finish line for the first time in her 9th decade. (Burn calories and build muscle—all while boosting your mood—with our 21-Day Walk a Little, Lose a Lot Challenge!)I'm an old lady. But last May, when I crossed the finish line at my first-ever race—a 2-mile fun run to raise money for my local YMCA—I didn't feel old: I felt jubilant. After the race there were strangers hugging and congratulating me. I suppose they don't often have an 83-year-old participating with them!I've always been somewhat fit, and I used to belong to a gym near my home in Prescott, AZ. But when the gym shut its doors 3 years ago, I had nowhere to exercise. I'd occasionally go for a hike with friends or my husband, but I was reluctant to do it on my own. There are mountain lions here, and encountering one might finally finish me off. MORE: How To Start Walking When You Have 50+ Pounds To … [Read more...] about I Did My First Race At Age 83!
Ask anyone who knows me: I am an unaffiliated IUD evangelist. I’ve written about how awesomely convenient and cost-effective they are, encouraged girlfriends to get them when they were on the hunt for new birth control (and even when they were not), and basically sung praise on high about the preferred method of gynecologists to the point of being obnoxious. I’m not sorry about it: I really think the IUD is an amazing, underutilized pregnancy prevention tool that should be introduced to women right alongside the pill. For that reason, I said, "I do” to a device of my own several years ago, and—apart from some early cramping at the outset—I’d been unwaveringly happy with that decision. RELATED: 9 Things You Need to Know About IUDsBut recently, after three years together, I had my IUD removed. My reasoning was admittedly irrational, but I knew in my head—and my heart—that it was the right thing for me to do. So this is the "Dear John" … [Read more...] about Why I Removed My IUD After My Father Passed Away